Festivals: Kadayawan Festival 2016

Davao Kadayawan Festival 2016 Street Dance Competition


The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful.

This is not my first time in Davao, but my first time to experience Kadayawan Festival. And I must say, this is one of the most organized Philippine Festival I have been to.

Organized because even if I flew in on the day of the street dance competition (20th of August), there was no vehicular traffic from the airport to one of the judging areas where I watched all of the competing groups perform, which means their traffic re-routing was a success. I also saw how busy their law enforcers were, making sure everyone is following Davao’s no smoking ordinance (yay for non-smokers like me!), and also making sure everyone is safe.

Did you know? The largest city in the Philippines is Davao City. With an area of 2,211 sq. km., it is about three times the size of the national capital, Metro Manila.

I would like to give big THANKS to Globe Telecoms and AirAsia Philippines for flying me and 4 of my friends in for FREE (roundtrip) to become part of #GlobeKadayawan2016 =)

For more information about Davao City, its history, tips, and all other good to know facts, click HERE.

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan is a major event of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2016, which traditionally required participants to perform Kadayawan-inspired dances. This year, however, participants from all over Mindanao were encouraged to “bring their own festival” to Davao City (davaotoday.com)

Here are the photos I took from Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (street dance competition) There were a total of 14 talented groups. Find out who the winners are at the end of this post =)

  • Padang-Padang Festival – Parang Central Elementary School, Parang North District

  • Indak Baliokeño Dance Troupe – Baliok Elementary School, Barangay Baliok Davao City

  • James L. Chiongbian National Trade School – Performing Arts Troupe Kling, Kiamba, Saranggani Province

  • F. Bustamante Central Elementary School – Tibungco District

  • Kalingawan Dance Troupe – Sto. Niño National High School, Sto. Niño South Cotabato

  • Matina Central Elementary School – Talomo Davao City

  • Purok Sison Elementary School Performing Arts Guild – Surallah, South Cotabato

  • Sta. Ana Performing Arts Guild – Sta. Ana National High School, Davao City

  • LGU-LAAK Kapatagan National High School – Compostela Valley

  • Bolton Elementary School – Bolton St, Davao City

  • Tribu New Bataan – New Bataan, Compostela Valley

  • Baihs Dance Theatre Guild – Brgy. Bagumbayan, Lupon, Davao Oriental

There they are! Were you there? Their performances were awesome right? If you haven’t been in Davao for Kadayawan Festival, you are missing out! Go next year ok? =)

And here are the winners!

  • Grand Champion (₱500,000): James L. Chiongbian National Trade School

  • Second Place (₱400,000): Kapatagan National High School

  • Third Place (₱300,000): Purok Sison Elementary School

  • Fourth Place (₱200,000): Kalingawan Dance Troupe

  • Fifth Place (₱100,000): Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts Guild

If you have any questions, clarifications or if you found details that are incorrect, please feel free to comment on this blog post and I will respond to you ASAP =)

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